Refugee by Alan Gratz

Refugee by Alan Gratz

JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . . ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America . . . MAHMOUD is a…

Self-Portrait of a Holocaust Survivor by Werner Weinberg

Self-Portrait of a Holocaust Survivor by Werner Weinberg

The breadth of Werner Weinberg’s scholarship was prodigious, yielding monographs on ancient Hebrew epigraphy and biblical exegesis; the syntax of Rabbinic Hebrew; medieval grammars; and numerous studies on various aspects of Modern Hebrew. Both Weinberg and Lisl, his wife, survived internment at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. This collection of essays reprinted here, a little more than three decades after it first appeared, conveys Weinberg’s ongoing struggle to put into words…

Challah vs. Matza by Melissa Berg

Challah vs. Matza by Melissa Berg

Alejandro Shiela, illustrator Challah Boy, the school bully, has torn through the halls of his school, scattering crumbs everywhere. He did this right before Passover, no less. Like the Maccabees who stood up to bullies so that Jews could keep Judaism, Matza Boy must fight Challah Boy in order so that Jews everywhere can have a kosher Passover. However, the Maccabees were a group and Matza Boy is one boy.…

Raising Secular Jews by Naomi Prawer Kadar

Raising Secular Jews by Naomi Prawer Kadar

Yiddish Schools and Their Periodicals for American Children, 1917-1950 This unique literary study of Yiddish children’s periodicals casts new light on secular Yiddish schools in America in the first half of the twentieth century. Rejecting the traditional religious education of the Talmud Torahs and congregational schools, these Yiddish schools chose Yiddish itself as the primary conduit of Jewish identity and culture. Four Yiddish school networks emerged, which despite their political…

Inconsistency in the Torah by Joshua A. Berman

Inconsistency in the Torah by Joshua A. Berman

Ancient Literary Convention and the Limits of Source Criticism Inconsistencies in the Torah is a critical intellectual history of the theories of textual growth in biblical studies. The historical critical approach to the Pentateuch has long relied upon scholarly intuition concerning some of its narrative and legal discrepancies, which scholars have taken as signs of fragmentation and competing agendas. Those hypotheses are, Joshua A. Berman argues, based on anachronistic, nineteenth-century…

The Goblins of Knottingham by Zoe Klein

The Goblins of Knottingham by Zoe Klein

Beth Bograt, illustrator There was one thing Knotty, Knotsalot, and Notnow loved to do more than anything in the world: tangle children’s hair! Long ago, in the town of Knottingham, there were three little goblins: Knotty was naughty, Knotsalot was no good, and Notnow was no good, no how, not then and not now! More than anything else, these mischievous goblins liked to tangle children’s hair! Find out how the…

Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler by Bruce Henderson

Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler by Bruce Henderson

Joining the ranks of Unbroken, Band of Brothers, and Boys in the Boat, the little-known saga of young German Jews, dubbed The Ritchie Boys, who fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s, came of age in America, and returned to Europe at enormous personal risk as members of the U.S. Army to play a key role in the Allied victory. In 1942, the U.S. Army unleashed one of its greatest secret…

Dancing on a Powder Keg by Michal Schwartz

Dancing on a Powder Keg by Michal Schwartz

The Intimate Voice of a Young Mother and Author, Her Letters Composed in the Lengthening Shadow of the Third Reich; Her Poems from the Theresienstadt Ghetto. Endorsed by Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, as a unique document with literary value, Ilse Weber’s letters and poems, 1933-1944, record with vivid immediacy the lives of her small family during a time of increasing danger, when Europe descended from peace to…

The Joys of Jewish Preserving by Emily Paster

The Joys of Jewish Preserving by Emily Paster

Modern Recipes with Traditional Roots, for Jams, Pickles, Fruit Butters, and More–for Holidays and Every Day Jewish cooks, even casual ones, are proud of the history of preserved foods in Jewish life, from the time of living in a desert two millennia ago to the era in which Jews lived in European ghettoes with no refrigeration during the last century. In a significant sense, the Jewish tradition of preserved foods…

The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough

The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Marcel loves riding his bicycle, whether he’s racing through the streets of his small town in France or making bread deliveries for his parents’ bakery. He dreams of someday competing in the Tour de France, the greatest bicycle race. But ever since Germany’s occupation of France began two years ago, in 1940, the race has been canceled. Now there are soldiers everywhere, interrupting Marcel’s rides with checkpoints and questioning. Then…